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DARKSIDER In the world of automotive hobbyists a Darksider is one who modifies and or customizes any and all sorts of vehicles. The Darksiders are in a class of their own simply because they endeavor to be different and do things that others would not attempt for a number of reasons mostly being related to a lack of ability and fear of non conformity.

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    NEW PROJECT...

    Post  Darkside Dave on Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:24 am

    Hi Folks,

    I just thought I'd start a new thread here about my neighbor's project. He goes by the user name of koth here on the board but so far he has been a lurker. So, it's up to you guys to coax him out of his shell and get him active. he has just acquired a 1990 Lincoln Mark 7 as a donor car for the drive train and suspension parts. It has the 302 or 5.0L High Output engine like the Mustang GT's had complete with the headers on it. He is looking for a standard cab Ranger with a good title for the body part. He wants to build his own frame ans make a really short bed for the rear so all he really needs is the cab with doors. He plans on an open engine and wheels. Of course something may come along that will change all his plans regarding the body. Right now he is just looking for something and is reasonably open minded. We're here in SE Ohio so if any of you guys know of something nearby send koth a PM or post it here. I have been taking pictures of his tear down of the donor car. when he gets it completely stripped out I will post them here.

    Later Folks...


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    Re: NEW PROJECT...

    Post  Darkside Dave on Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:45 pm

    Hi Folks,

    Here are some pics of the very beginning of koth's rat rod project.
























    RAT ROD STARTER KIT













    OK, now we got him this far, now all he needs is some kind of body so he can start building a frame

    My work is never done...


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    Post  sinndustrial on Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:10 pm

    HEY!!!!!! I WAS WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO MY LINCOLN!!!! damn.... cant leave anything unattended these days.... lol just kidding guys.
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    More of Koth's project...

    Post  Darkside Dave on Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:57 am


    Hi Folks,
    Koth got his engine cleaned up and he's ready to put a new gasket set in it. He sort of hung it all back together to keep the stuff clean and safe until he does the gasket job. So, don't get too picky about the pics where you see blue spark plugs, an old oil filter and missing bolts.

    OK, Here are the pics...









    This thing ought to be a nice rig when he gets it done. A little too classy for a lot of the Rat Rod crowd but That's just the way he is. I would class it more as an economy street rod. Hey, maybe that's a new category.

    More to come when he gets a body... If I live long enough for that...

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    Post  charger on Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:16 pm

    wow that motor looks better than mine!!, you`ve stripped down that car more than my crown vic!!
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    Post  koth on Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:37 pm

    Hey thanks charger I'm just working on what I can until I find a Ranger cab so I can start building a frame. I have the suspension all blasted and painted its a 4 link on the rear with airbags on all 4 corners.Darkside Dave and I had this car torn apart and the body off to the local scrap yard in about 3 days.I saved just about all the rest of the car it's stored in my building out back till I get done to see what I'll need and what I won't.
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    cool look'n stuff Koth

    Post  tomget on Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:13 pm

    That's really good looking stuff. You've got a great start. Ranger cab. That would be nice. Keep look'n you'll find it or something different that you like just as well.

    Goodluck Tom
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    Ranger Ratrod

    Post  koth on Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:33 pm

    Hey thanks Tom right now the plan is a ranger cab and I will build the frame and the bed. It will be an open motor and maybe Ford 8N tractor grille and radiator.I hope to keep it all Ford if I can. I got a line on a Ranger today with a blown motor that might be a good propect I'll have to check on next week.
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    More Ratrod parts

    Post  koth on Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:25 pm

    I'm posting some pics of some more ratrod parts I have picked up lately One is a wing and the other is a radiator out of a 41 Chrysler. I've found a Ranger for the donor cab but have'nt got it home yet weather has been to bad here.[img]


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    Post  Grumpyoldman on Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:58 pm

    Damn, This looks like one hell of a project....So tell us what are your plans with the cab???? Chop-it, Channel-it, Narrow-it, Widen-it ????


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    Ranger cab

    Post  koth on Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:17 pm

    Hey Grumpy,,,,, I'm planning on chopping the top on the Ranger also I'll gut the interior and build my own dash and door panels.I'm also going to build a full roll cage in there just in case I do something really stupid or if somebody else does and runs into me. Don't know that it will be a true ratrod kinda of a street rat I guess. I'll try to get pictures on your Gearheads site this weekend it'll be listed under Operation Ranger Rat
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    Post  charger on Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:37 pm

    if you chop it mabe check different forums out because i`m sure rangers have (tempered )safety glass and cannot be cut like the old windshields.might have to just slot the bottom of the windshield frame and slide the glass into the cowl?
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    Post  Grumpyoldman on Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:30 pm

    What year Ranger is it? If its a newer style truck it has more of a curve to it, like 93 and up have a shape with more aerodynamic the early models.. And 83 to 92 have less of a curve. Here's a link to windshield cutting for the do it yourself-er, It might not help you, but you get the general idea.....


    http://www.cadvision.com/blanchas/54pontiac/windshield.html


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    Windshield

    Post  koth on Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:31 pm

    Thanks for the link about windshield cutting Grumpy I hope mine goes smoother that that guys did.The Ranger I bought is a 91 so it's the older body style. I will definetly check out chargers idea of dropping the windshield in the cowl never really thought of that might be the cheapest and easiest way to do it. If not there is a waterjet about 15 miles from the house and I'm sure they could cut it. I've priced some jobs thru them for the machine shop I work at and they are suprisingly fairly reasonable.
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    Tell 'em about it KOTH...

    Post  Darkside Dave on Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:40 am


    OK, now it's time for more pictures and and that new name...

    Does Mazdaratty ring a bell ??? BTW, y'all need to add that one to your dictionary...


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    Mazdaratty

    Post  koth on Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:27 pm

    The body for my ratrod project was going to be a Ranger but plans have changed since I got a 97 Mazda B 4000 for FREE,,,,,, It's basically the same truck but it did"nt cost me a dime. My neighbors grandson wrecked it on a snowy night and his parents just wanted it to go away. So I said I can do that and it was setting only about 30 yards from the garage.
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    Post  Grumpyoldman on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:26 pm

    I have a question: when you goto put this project on the road are you going to have to register it as the 97 mazda? And will it have to pass the emissions test for your state? OBD2 how will it be hooked up? Just my 2 cents....... bounce


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    Post  koth on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:38 pm

    Hey Grumpy yea it will be registered as a Mazda and we don't have any emission tests in Ohio. I will have to run the computer but I've got the complete wiring harness from the Lincoln. Darkside Dave will be my wiring guru because left to me I may never get it to run.
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    Mazda teardown

    Post  koth on Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:44 pm

    The Mazda pretty much done the cabs on the floor in the garage and motor and transmission are still on the frame waiting on a buyer. Heres some pics of what it looks like now
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    Post  Grumpyoldman on Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:55 pm

    Do you have the room to slide that windshield down into the cowl area so you can chop it?


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    Top chop

    Post  koth on Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:18 pm

    Hey Grumpy should have room in the cowl but I'm having second thoughts about chopping this thing I may leave it alone
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    Cab and suspension

    Post  koth on Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:23 pm

    Heres some pics of the cab and suspension sitting together
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    Post  Grumpyoldman on Mon May 10, 2010 7:56 pm

    So how's MAZDARAT coming? Anything NEW??????


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    Mazdarati progress

    Post  koth on Mon May 10, 2010 9:58 pm

    Hey Grumpy I got most of the panels welded in the cab and is ready for body filler but I got sidetracked with a repair job on a John Deere 318 garden tractor. Gotta pay for this project some how LOL I 'll get some pictures posted soon
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    Post  koth on Tue May 18, 2010 9:06 pm

    I've made some progress on the cab I got all the panels welded in and is ready for body filler.I also got some new parts 40mm shells for armrests,,old Ford wrenches that I made into window cranks,,mirrors,,electric radiator fan,,and new passenger side door. Going to be sidtracked for a couple more weeks with stuff in the shop and around the house but when thats done I"ll get the material for the frame in the shop and have at it


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